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SLO Jury Returned Verdict in Favor of Rittger Family

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A San Luis Obispo jury returned a verdict of $6,709,300 in favor of the family of Tricia Rittger who was struck and killed in front of The Cliff’s Resort in November 2011.

Evidence presented during the trial showed The Cliff’s Resort failed to comply with the City of Pismo Beach’s permit requirements for parking lots on its property and failed to enforce its own employee parking policy, which would have prevented Mrs. Rittger from parking in the east lot and Read More »

Annual Early Warning System Test

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On Saturday, August 23, the County Office of Emergency Services will be conducting the Annual Early Warning System siren test in addition to a Reverse 911 test. The Reverse 9-1-1 system will be activated for all landline and registered cell phones located within the Emergency Planning Zone. The test will be conducted between 9am and noon and will help emergency officials verify the capabilities of the Reverse 911 system.  Following the Reverse 911 test, the Early Warning System s Read More »

Police Prepare for Labor Day

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From 12:01 AM Friday August 15, 2014 through Midnight Sunday August 17, 2014 officers representing 11 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 21 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  There were 23 DUI arrests during the same three day period in 2013. There were no DUI related traffic fatalities or injury collisions during this reporting period. Over the same period in 2013, there were two DUI related traffic fatalities and 2 persons injured in DU Read More »

Carlos Castaneda Named to USDA Committee

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that Carlos Castaneda from Castaneda and Sons in Arroyo Grande has been named to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The 25-member Committee meets up to two times per year to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. Castaneda is also the President of the SLO County Farm Bureau. “Our Central Coast economy is driven by agriculture,&rdquo Read More »

Homicide Near Guadalupe Beach

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred just outside the entrance to Guadalupe Beach in the 6900 block of Main Street.  At approximately 6:50 a.m. yesterday morning, a group of field workers in the area discovered the body of a heavy-set Hispanic person, on the side of the road, face down in the dirt.  The men flagged down a passerby in a vehicle who then called 9-1-1 for help. The deseased has been identified at 37-year-old Read More »

Active Shooter Training

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Today from 12:30 to 3:30 the San Luis Obispo Police and Fire Department will be conducting a joint active shooter training with San Luis Obispo High School teachers and staff.  The training will involve an active shooter scenario for school staff and is intended to help better prepare all the involved parties for these types of incidents.

During the training scenario officers will be simulating explosive devices and gunfire.  The High School fire alarm will also be Read More »

Women’s Shelter Program Receives Grant

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On June 24th the Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County was awarded a $215,000 two-year grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation to promote domestic violence and healthcare safety net partnerships that address and prevent domestic violence through integrated models of service and system-level improvements. This grant was one of only two awarded in the entire state of California during the most recent funding cycle.

The grant will create an innovative project Read More »

Woman Kicked by Giraffe Plans on Fighting Ticket

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The 24-year-old San Luis Obispo woman who was kicked in the face by a giraffe at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison over the weekend says she plans to fight the 686-dollar ticket.  Amanda Hall says that she wasn't trying to hurt Wally the giraffe and describes herself as an "animal lover."  The former Cal Poly student was ticketed for harassment of zoo animals after climbing over one fence and nearly getting over a second into the giraffe enclosure when Read More »

Asian Citrus Psyllid Triggers Infest Investigation

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The detection of an adult Asian Citrus Psyllid in an insect trap in a residential neighborhood in Cayucos has prompted a high density trapping delimitation survey of the surrounding area to determine if an infestation exists.

Since March, 2014, Pest Detecion Specialists from the County Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have trapped Asian Citrus Psyllids in the cities of San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande. Quarantines restricting th Read More »

Drug Trafficking Operation in Paso Robles

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Atascadero’s Street Crimes Detective Team, with the collaborative efforts of the Paso Robles Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team has been investigating a drug trafficking operation that was occurring in Paso Robles. This investigation has been completed over the past two months and culminated Saturday night with APD detectives arresting three Paso Robles residents. Paso Robles Police Department arrested two other suspects that night for possession of dangerous dr Read More »

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